Letter: The Real Hope Act

March 18, 2014 

The dream continues. Feb. 26 marked the day when Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Real Hope Act. I can't begin to explain how I felt. I was in total disbelief. I thought to myself, this is really happening, I can further my education and pursue my dream.

Noncitizens, or dreamers, can finally apply and be eligible for the Washington State Need Grant. Eligible is such a rare word because dreamers are so used to the word ineligible when applying for scholarships, financial assistance and beneficial programs, because of meeting all but one requirement (must be a U.S. citizen).

Students should not be penalized for circumstances beyond their control, such as their birth place. Students should be rewarded for their effort and exceptional academic performance regardless of many factors like immigration status.

One of the basis for granting financial aid to students should be based on the students' dedication, commitment to their studies, as well as their desire to accomplish their aspirations. All in all, this act is true in its name. It doesn't just provide hope now, it also provides tangible hope for the future.

ANA SANDOVAL, Pasco

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